sannyasi

noun
sann·​ya·​si | \ (ˌ)sən-ˈyä-sē How to pronounce sannyasi (audio) \
variants: or sannyasin \ (ˌ)sən-​ˈyä-​sᵊn How to pronounce sannyasin (audio) \

Definition of sannyasi

: a Hindu mendicant ascetic

First Known Use of sannyasi

1613, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sannyasi

Hindi sannyāsī, from Sanskrit sannyāsin

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“Sannyasi.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sannyasins. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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